Why the invasive apple snail is causing Kenya’s basmati rice to lose its sweet smell of productivity

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Kenya’s Mwea Irrigation Settlement Scheme (MIS) is located in Kirinyaga County and falls within two sub counties – Mwea East and Mwea, writes Harrison Rware and Fernadis Makale who are both intrigued by the invasive apple snail (Pomacea canaliculata) pest which is wreaking havoc in the fields of concerned rice farmers.
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CABI research referenced in study assessing potential spread of fall armyworm in Africa and beyond

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A new study looking at the potential distribution of the devastating fall armyworm in Africa and beyond with emphasis on the influence of climate change and irrigation patterns has drawn upon previous research and expertise from CABI.
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Natural enemy shows early promise in fight against Japanese knotweed in the Netherlands

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A natural enemy – identified and reared by CABI scientists – to fight the scourge of Japanese knotweed in the Netherlands is showing early signs of success, a meeting of stakeholders heard recently.
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St Kitts and Nevis launches campaign to raise awareness of Invasive Alien Species

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The Minister of Environment for the Government of St Kitts and Nevis has officially launched a communication, education and public awareness campaign for the CABI-led project ‘Preventing Costs of Invasive Alien Species (IAS).’
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Low hanging fruits? Papaya mealybug in Kenya and search for a biological solution

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The potential and importance of papaya production in Kenya cannot be overemphasised. It is ranked fourth most important fruit crop in Kenya after oranges, mangoes and bananas, writes Fernadis Makale, Research Officer, Invasive Species Management based at CABI’s Africa Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.
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Campaign to tackle Cassava Brown Streak Disease in Zambia takes hold after workshop

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A communications campaign to  raise awareness on  and ways to tackle Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) in Zambia is underway after a stakeholder workshop was held by CABI in partnership with the Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI) and the Zambia National Cassava Association (ZANACA).
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Saying “no” to harmful chemicals in cotton crop production

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This is the story of farmer Mr Naveed Ayoub from district Tando Allahyar, Pakistan. He has 10 acres of fertile land where he has cultivated all kinds of vegetables along with cotton crops for many years. He previously felt he had no choice but to use chemical pesticides to control pests on his farm but…
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Tolerance and range of Tuta absoluta may have been underestimated, study suggests

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The environmental tolerances and potential range of the tomato pest Tuta absoluta in Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Central Asia and Australia may have been underestimated according to new research co-authored by CABI scientists.
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Is the great ‘homogynene’ on the horizon?

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CABI’s Dr Arne Witt has spent a lifetime getting to grips with environmentally-friendly biological controls to try and tackle the scourge of invasive alien species (IAS). These include gums, which – though known as a source of nectar and pollen for bees – add to what Dr Witt says is a looming ‘mass extinction crisis’…
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Webinar series focuses on desert locusts

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CABI South Asia is hosting a series of webinars under the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Technical Cooperation Programme which has recently turned the focus on the scourge of the desert locust (Schistocerca gregaria).
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